I've spoken extensively with Don Khoury, proprietor of Body Language TV, about the role of body language and nonverbal communication in elections. With a 95% success rate in predicting the outcome of this cycle's gubernatorial elections, Khoury recently broke down the winning gestures in several races. Here are his analyses for the gubernatorial contests in California, Ohio, Illinois, and Massachusetts.
Jerry Brown (D) def. Meg Whitman (R)
Khoury: "Meg Whitman oscillated far more then Jerry Brown. She
did a lot of wringing of her hands and used a lot of insincere facial
expressions. There was a lot of shrugging, too: she shrugged four times
in their first debate, indicating that she's either unsure of her answer
or doesn't care.
"The other interesting thing was Jerry Brown's
'one-two-three' counting on his fingers, showing a level of mental
organization. He did this sixteen times; Whitman did it only four times.
Brown used humor far more than Whitman, putting the audience at ease.
"Whitman wasn't the right candidate. One interesting thing about Jerry
Brown's performance: He was able to be aggressive without being angry
with an opposite gender candidate, and that's very difficult to do."
All images courtesy of Don Khoury/Body Language TV